Recorded at the height of Robbie Basho's creative career, "Visions of the Country" was originally released in 1978, and has been out of print for nearly 36 years. The album is comprised of technically superb instrumentation (6 & 12 string guitars and piano); majestic compositions; transcendent singing and whistling; and astonishing lyrical, emotional, and spiritual depths.
"Visions of the Country" is most simply a depiction of the expansive American West, and an ecstatic journey into Basho's equally expansive imagination and mystical approach to creativity...In Basho's own words: "My philosophy is quite simple: soul first, technique later, or 'Better to drink wine from the hands than water from a pretty cup'; of course the ultimate is wine from a pretty cup. Amen."
Artwork is presented in very much the same fashion as the original release with a few minimal changes made to include new information. Paper stock (heavy reverse-board) and pressing weight (140 gram) have been upgraded. New vinyl masters were cut by the excellent John Golden. The original insert is also included in the package, along with a download for high quality Mp3's and FLAC.
About the Producer: Gnome Life Records (based in Big Sur, CA) produces high quality limited vinyl, cassette & CD editions with deluxe, hand-made, locally produced, and recycled packaging. On their approach to producing GLR says 'in this Disposable Age we strive to present and create musical artifacts that may be treasured as "belongings", rather than "things"...'
Artist: Robbie Basho x Gnome Life Records, Big Sur, California, USA